Great night last, even though it was cold and dreary it was an awesome night of sailing really fun and the level was pretty high, so nice work.
Key items from last night:
Don’t over match race- last night there were times when both Mike (Koko) and Chris would have their opponent down and out and then go back after them for more. The end result was that the team that was down was able to escape.
Lesson to take away is that don’t let your bravado overpower your common sense.
Use your body to trim- Too many times last night I saw jib trimmers not use their body (legs, arms and core).
Some key points are:
Time the release- an early release means that the sail will flog and make you pull in a ton more sheet than you need to, doubling your load.
The point here is as the sail backs (yesterday very little) release and have a smooth transition to the new tack.
Main trimmers need to use FULL arm pulls, last night main trimmers were going only HALF arm pulls. Use your wingspan! Chris K on Chris Poole’s boat was very good at going forward to HELP at the corners. You have so few people on board that little something extra goes a long way!
Even start– all things being equal an even start is good! Sometimes great!
Finally it is a sailboat race, always think where is the wind coming from. Last night we had big puffs from the right and the boat that was on that side generally came out ahead.